In Honor of Ahed Tamimi

February, 2018

Source images:

Front: (1) Ahed Tamimi portrait. (2) Palestinian Flag. (3) Palestinian Banknotes.

Back: (1) Nabi Saleh Village, (2) Ahed Tamimi holding Palestinian flag. (3) Dome of the Rock, Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem taken from 100 toman Iranian banknote. (4) 1927 Palestinian coin. (5) Palestinian Banknotes.

This banknote uses designs from old Palestinian pounds and images from news media to honor Ahed Tamimi, the 17-year-old Palestinian activist and freedom fighter who is currently being detained by Israeli forces.

On December 15th, 2017, two IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) soldiers that were stationed in Nabi Saleh entered Tamimi’s house to stop the protesters following the outbreak of riots in the area. Earlier at the protest, Tamimi’s younger cousin was shot in the face at a close range with a rubber-coated steel bullet, which severely wounded him. Ahed Tamimi, her mother Nariman Tamimi and cousin Nour Tamimi stood up to the soldiers. Footage of the incident went viral. Ahed Tamimi can be seen pushing, kicking, and shouting at the soldiers, who do not respond to the provocations. All three were later arrested on December 19th. Ahed was indicted on January 1 for 12 charges including aggravated assault, interfering with army operations, incitement, making threats, and throwing stones.

Ahed grew up in an environment that was a site for frequent protest against the Israeli colonial settler regime that has been expanding settlements in the West Bank Area.  Ahed and her family are well known and respected for their valuable contributions to Palestinian resistance in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh and beyond.

Foreign Exchange incorporates the emblems taken from banknotes and utilizes images from news media to highlight voices of resistance from countries that have been impacted by U.S. national interests. The banknotes feature influential figures and monumental events that draw attention to socio-political tensions existing both within a country’s borders and beyond. Foreign Exchange offers an alternative platform to archive and share cultural currencies.